Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary is hopeful that the European Commission will approve his company's bid to purchase Aer Lingus by the end of February. "Talks are continuing with the upfront buyers," O'Leary said.
Disruptive events such as a major snowstorm interrupt activity at London's Heathrow Airport, which operates at almost full capacity. This columnist suggests a few solutions, one being for the airport to build a third runway. "The airport normally runs at near-full capacity. So there is no slack when things go wrong," writes Chris Hughes.
Changes to Delta Air Lines' frequent-flier program could be on the way, going from a model that favors fliers depending on what they spend instead of the distances they fly. Last week, the carrier announced that frequent fliers would need to spend at least $2,500 to qualify for the lowest level of elite status starting in 2014; they used to be able to qualify on just miles.
British Airways will use a new Boeing 777-300ER to fly between London and Singapore after 30 March. This article lists the best seats on the plane and notes that the new seats accept British power plugs.